Singapore Foreign Minister George Yeo welcomes ASEAN FMs at annual summit

SHOTLIST 1. Wide of Singapore Foreign Minister George Yeo on podium ++MUTE++ 2. SOUNDBITE (English) George Yeo, Singapore Foreign Minister: "What we do, or don't do, in the next few years will determine ASEAN's cause for the coming decades." 3. Wide of Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on podium STORYLINE The foreign ministers of the ten countries that form the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) opened an annual meeting on Monday amid a border conflict between Thailand and Cambodia and the echo of what is considered their strongest rebuke ever to military-ruled Myanmar. "What we do, or don't do, in the next few years will determine ASEAN's cause for the coming decades," said Singapore Foreign Minister's George Yeo at the opening ceremony. At the end of a working dinner on Sunday, the ministers issued a statement expressing "deep disappointment" that Myanmar's junta had extended the detention of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi by another year, the sixth straight year that she has remained under house arrest in her dilapidated villa. The joint statement was an unprecedented criticism of Myanmar by ASEAN, the region's main bloc, whose members usually stick to the policy of not interfering in each other's domestic affairs. The ministers also urged Cambodia and Thailand to "exercise utmost restraint" in their border dispute over an area near an ancient temple in Cambodia that was recently designated a World Heritage Site. Both countries have sent troops to the area, but are scheduled to hold talks on Monday aimed at easing tensions. The foreign ministers will also discuss North Korea's nuclear program, inflation and cooperation in disaster relief at their five-day enclave. The ministerial conference of ASEAN will be followed by a series of meetings with counterparts from China, Japan and South Korea, India, Australia and New Zealand. It will culminate on Thursday with the ASEAN Regional Forum, the premier security dialogue of Asia-Pacific between ASEAN and 16 other countries plus the European Union. It includes the United States and Russia. On the sidelines of the forum will be the most keenly watched event: a meeting of U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, North Korean Foreign Minister Pak Ui Chun and their counterparts from China, Japan, South Korea and Russia - the participants in six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear program. It will be the highest-level contacts in the six-country negotiations, which began in 2003 with the aim of convincing North Korea to dismantle its nuclear program. You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/e9bdab76cc66c0a94df6d35d64b942d9 Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork

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